Efficiency for Access Design Challenge 2023–2024

An overview of Year Five of the Challenge

The Challenge launched its fifth year in September 2023. This year, students from 17 universities are participating. View a list of the participating universities here.


Grand Final

Our Grand Final event will be held in June, and will close out the Challenge year. It’s the culmination of the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge and allows us to celebrate participating students’ achievements. The event showcases some of the amazing submissions we receive during the competition, and awards students with the most innovative designs.

This year’s Grand Final will take place on Tuesday 18 June 2024. You can sign up to the event via the Eventbrite page here.

You can watch last year’s Grand Final here.


The Challenge Brief 2023-24

The Challenge Brief is the main guidance document for all students who are participating in the competition. This document provides important background information on the off-grid appliance sector, the scope of the competition, examples of different technologies, key dates, student support, and the assessment framework. Read it here.

Concept Note

Once onboarded to the Challenge, students will submit a Concept Note, to give us an idea of the support they will need on their journey. They receive feedback on their Concept Note, are paired with a mentor, and receive webinars and resources to help them design their appliance. Students submit their Concept Note within a month of their kick-off workshop.


Final Project

Student teams must submit a 4,000-word report (maximum) and a three-minute video for their final submission in April. They receive in depth feedback on this submission. They then have a final assessment in the form of a pitch to a panel of experts in May.